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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2017 Discussion Thread on: July 29, 2017 11:48:48 PM
Thanks! I pulled it from a wonderful, larger set of captioned screenshots on the Wholesome Memes subreddit:


It kind of sums up my crafting philosophy!
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2017 Discussion Thread on: July 29, 2017 09:56:34 PM
Will do! Now that you mention it, I really like the idea of having maracas in hand when I meet whoever picks me up from the airport when I get home.  Cheesy
13  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) on: July 29, 2017 05:27:37 PM
Just sent my Q&A!  Grin I look forward to seeing the tiny sweaters!
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: STS 2017 Discussion Thread on: July 29, 2017 02:17:49 PM
Wonderful timing; I will know the manageability of my fall schedule by the time sign-ups happen.  Smiley I will also have my new apartment set up by then, if all goes well, and thus will have a better idea of what I "need".

Does anyone want handmade goods from Mexico? I can bring things back with me to offer in my shop.

15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fictional time capsules and historical diaries on: July 12, 2017 11:26:42 PM
If you're a history (or alternative history) fan, and enjoy world-building and multi-component craft projects, consider this one:

Create a historical diary documenting a series of events in the era and place of your partner's choice, from the perspective of a real or invented individual living through them (partners can select specific historical figures and events as well). Then, whatever size box you use to ship, turn it into a time capsule and fill it with both the journal and primarily handmade artifacts that connect with your character's story, culture, and time period.

You would pick something from a list of your partner's desired historical figures, eras, events, or places. Then you would research that history and the arts/crafts/aesthetics of the surrounding culture, to inform the story, characters, and crafts you create. We've had some historical figures/eras swaps in the past (there's an England one on right now, incidentally), and participants have enjoyed learning new things about people, history, and cultures in preparation for the crafting.

The storytelling is interactive, cohesive (it really is telling a story throughout, regardless of the medium), and made to look relatively authentic (though there is no expectation of writing in languages you don't know). You can create correspondence between characters, artwork documenting events, news clippings, audio recordings, etc. Consider Nick Bantock's Griffin & Sabine, or see this article on epistolary novels for more examples: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistolary_novel

Time travelers' diaries would also be awesome and welcome! If your partner specifically seeks alternative history, then the sky is the limit in what you create; if they don't, you would need to keep the important historical details correct.

If paper/book arts are your thing, the book and what is inside it would probably be the only crafting requirement (making the book yourself would count as a crafted item), but it would still be nice to include a couple relevant extra goodies. If you aren't a paper/book arts person, no worries: the diary part can be straight text if you want, and then craft up some other things to go with it.

Whatever your craft of choice, it probably existed in some form during your character's era, so you would create something that seems appropriate for the time, place, person, and story -- there's no need to be thoroughly authentic and accurate.

The preparation, design, and care that would go into this swap would be equivalent to 1 XL item and 2 smalls. Whether or not it becomes a swap, I really hope some people do this and share the results. I would love to do this again (I was originally introduced to the idea in high school), but it's much easier to get motivated for a big individualized project when it is going to a recipient, you know?
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2017 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: June 19, 2017 04:01:18 PM
So sorry, CLM!  Sad
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2017 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: June 18, 2017 01:24:15 PM
Yes! It's all freely shared with one another, so it is baffling to me when that occasional person takes it to the level of invoking copyright (other than the case of someone taking credit for your work). It's one of those things that really gets under my skin, even though I know they have the legal right. It's more that it tends to be done in a way that comes across snobby and mean-spirited, in my experience. So it isn't the average Craftsterer.  Smiley

I guess I'm trying to protect you all from the nastiness of such people, since for me it was a rude awakening to venture into not-so-friendly art/craft websites and blogs. However, I should know by now that Craftster folks all craft their own big-girl/boy panties, in their medium of choice, and can deal with whatever life throws at them.  Grin
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2017 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: June 16, 2017 03:29:44 PM
I think it would be great to have all the Ongoing ATC Swap cards in one convenient place like this. And I can probably help because I have a sick love for mining swap galleries.  Cheesy I actually did go through every single ATC swap gallery for a project I completed a few years ago, but didn't put anything on Pinterest. I probably should have, but I was concerned about legal ordeals.

And that brings me to this: There is the potential for someone to get up in arms about "You didn't have my permission to repost my artwork on Pinterest" or "You didn't give me proper attribution", etc. etc., and be a big headache...but that is uncommon in the Craftster world (thank goodness!).

To be safe, do try to include the ATC creator's Craftster username in the pin's description. Art + social media + copyright law can lead to some nasty business. Having the board in the Craftster Pinterest account might do away with the majority of the issues.
19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Page-a-day calendar full of Craftster ATCs - disappointingly few photos! on: June 16, 2017 02:57:48 PM
Heehee, thanks!  Smiley
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craftster Trading Card Swap #2 - GALLERY on: June 16, 2017 02:54:25 PM
seeuudee: Great idea! I love how you cohesively combined all the goodies from around the world.
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